We learn love from movies too



AS THEY ARE ENTERTAINING, films are effective vehicles to express and propagate one’s philosophy or beliefs. 

And since majority of motion pictures being produced, in one way or another, tackle about love and relationship, we, viewers, consequently learn the different script writers’ various points of view concerning love.

Moulin Rouge, for instance, wants us to believe that “the greatest thing that one could learn is to love and be loved in return.” Forrest Gump offers its own philosophy of life which we could somehow modify, thus: “Love, like life, is like a box of chocolates. You don’t know what flavor you’ll get.” As one husband connectedly remarked, “We are married not to the greatest girl of our dreams.”

Minority Report says, “Everybody runs.” We couldn’t agree more. Because of love, many people ‘run after’ or romantically pursue their respective beloved so persistently, no matter how the latter dislike the former. On the other hand, some errantly ‘run away with’ or elope with their respective partner as a resort when the whole world seems to be going against them. Indeed, because of love, many people run.

Brad Pitt in Meet Joe Black asks, “What’s wrong in taking care of a woman if she takes care of you?” Of course, women’s answer to this would probably be, ‘none’. But we wonder if there’s a woman who would agree that if any other woman would show affection to her boyfriend, then he should love that woman in return.

Many people’s favorite film, as far as quotation about love is concerned, is the A Beautiful Mind. No academic speech has hit some as much as this by Professor Nash: “I‘ve always believed in numbers and equations and logics that lead to reason. But after a lifetime of such pursuits, I ask, ‘What truly is logic?’, ‘Who decides reason?’ My quest has taken me through the physical, the metaphysical, the delusional—and back.

And I have made the most important discovery of my career, the most important discovery of my life: It is only in the mysterious equations of love that any logic or reason can be found. I’m only here tonight because of you (his wife, Alicia). You are the reason I am. You are all my reasons.”

In Meet Joe Black,the major theme, we guess, is “Everybody says goodbye.” Concerning this, we realize that the saddest thing in loving is the reality of death. No matter how perfect the relationship may be, it has to end—for indeed, “everybody says goodbye.” But even this must not preclude us from loving someone. As the ‘guardian angel-turned-man’ Seth in City of Angels says, “I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss from her mouth, one touch of her hand, than eternity without it.”

My Crazy First Love furthermore asks, “If you know that your loved one will die, would you not love her more ‘till she dies?” Finally, should we have only one day left to show how much we care for our loved one, the film If Only advises us, “Just love her. Everything is possible.”

(Finally, if we were to convey what love in general is, nothing is better than Apostle Paul’s pronouncement recorded in Romans 13:10 which states, “Love does not hurt other people. So, love is the completion of law.” [Simple English Bible]) ... continue reading
(*Excerpted from Jensen dG. Mañebog's article, “A Phenomenology of Love”) (Read: Phenomenology Study: The Phenomenological Inquiry and the ‘Lived Experience’)
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